ST. LOUIS, MO. —St. Joseph’s Academy today joined the National Coalition of Girls Schools to support the collective call to create awareness for girls abducted from their Nigerian school on April 15, 2014. St. Joseph’s students, faculty and staff are wearing red to create awareness “To Bring Back Our Girls” and pray for the safe return of the reported more than 200 student victims. Red is the color the Nigerian mothers of the kidnapped girls are wearing as they march in Nigeria.
St Joseph’s Academy conducted a prayer service at 8:00 a.m. followed by a photo of more than 270 of its students in a “Circle of Sisterhood” to represent the number of girls that are missing.
“We must support our sisters and create awareness about what is happening to the girls in Nigeria who were seeking an education,” said Dr. Diane Cooper, Principal of St. Joseph’s Academy. “We want our students to be aware of what many young women – not that different from themselves – are facing around the world.” St. Joseph’s Academy is in the final weeks of the school year, and students are preparing to take final exams. “Our students are making the connection with the abducted girls who were also preparing for their exams,” she said.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who founded St. Joseph’s Academy, an all girls’ school, also conduct international missions, including a presence in Africa. So, the students feel an affinity for these kidnapped girls and their grief-stricken families.
“We at St. Joe’s are fortunate to receive an excellent education, so we wanted to do our part in creating messages of support for the Nigerian girls,” said Alexandria Harris, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy. “We want to show we care and our circle of sisterhood helps us do that. Our school’s motto is ‘Not I, But We,’ and creating awareness for these students and families is an important part of what we stand for.”
St. Joseph’s Academy is a college preparatory school in Frontenac, Missouri sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with student enrollment of 550 and 90 faculty and staff. Founded in 1840, the mission of the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world. St. Joseph’s Academy is committed to developing “Values-Driven Women Leaders” and upholds the school’s motto, “Not I, But We.”